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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Howard's handbag turns on him

Costello has finally had the balls to say something about the leadership of the Liberal party after a decade of being Howard's handbag. Every since they came to power in 1996, Costello has wanted to be leader but has never shown enough gumption to do anything about it.
So there turns out to have been a deal for Howard to quit some time in 1999 or 2000 after one and a half terms that was made in 1994. Howard wanted to be leader during the Olympics in Sydney and by calling an early election in 1998, he made the one and half terms an impossiblity. Then they looked like they going to lose in 2001 so Costello was just waiting to take over after the lose. But were saved by the MV Tampa and the Terrorist Attacks in America that created a perfect storm, that created the belief that Howard is bullet proof.
So now it seems that Costello is simply feed up and has finally cracked the sads. He can't win a party room vote, but that might not matter. Costello presents has given Howard some of his strength with the voters. Howard talks about Costello taking over if he goes under a bus and as Howard is 67 years old having a stroke or illness striking is a real possiblity. If Costello is no longer going to be part of the team, the Liberals will need a new 2IC and the candidates in the party are all certainly lacking appeal to with the voters. So in order to keep Costello hanging around he will have to give him some timeline of when Costello might have a chance of getting a shot.

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